Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Biker fashion ‘Durango Pants’ aren’t quite the right fit

Back in November, Action Line provided some choice commentary on an expensive, clingy sweater called the “Durango Dress.” Anyway, while surfing the Internet, I discovered “Durango Pants.” Perhaps...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Isle of Florida is not a new recycling destination

As I was driving up the new Florida Road, I noticed the sign informing drivers about the roundabout. The sign consists of a circle with three arrows, which looks like that universal recycling...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Cold, hard facts dampen rumor of lake’s hot springs

Vallecito Lake has been frozen for more than a month, yet Lake Nighthorse remains unfrozen despite below-average temperatures. Rumor has it that during construction of Lake Nighthorse a...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

With Florida Road delays, it’s chagrin and bear it

The city of Durango is obviously justified in collecting liquidated damages from the Florida Road contractor who is going to take well over 50 percent longer to complete the project than...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Cook has a beef over missing bone-in chuck roast

What gives? I’ve been to every store in town several times over the last several months looking for a bone-in chuck roast. There are none to be found. What does it take to get a bone-in chuck roast...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

City alert system might benefit from ‘mood ring’ hues

Was the snow used for the First Night celebration’s snowboard expo trucked down from Purgatory as originally announced? Maybe they could haul snow from all the wussy neighborhoods that complain...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Among locals, resolutions are taken quite seriously

Now that it’s almost Dec. 31, would you be so kind as to round up “the usual suspects” and ask them about their New Year’s resolutions. – Jimmy Your wish is Action Line’s command. So let’s start...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

For yearly yuletide doggerel: Wag more, bark less

’Twas the week that is Christmas and all through our townsThe events of the past year brought smiles and frowns.So readers, indulge this most heinous of verses,You cannot be faulted for catcalls...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

2010 census didn’t count on Durango’s quirks

I was wondering if the Durango results for the 2010 census are now available, and if not, when this might happen? Thanks, Colleen CollinsThe feds are madly crunching numbers – and, holy cow, there...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Roundabout ruffians are running roughshod

Now that we have fancy roundabouts all over Durango, could we have an article about how to use them? I’m sick of nearly getting hit all the time. – ErinErin isn’t the only frustrated local who...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Workaday flock still gobbles turkey the day after

Sitting around the table during Thursday’s orgy of roasted poultry, an odd question arose: With all the leftovers, does anyone order a turkey sandwich for lunch at a restaurant on the day after...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Skinny intersection is ready for fat snowflakes

I have a bad feeling about the newly configured intersection of Florida Road, 14th Street and East Third Avenue. By dividing the lanes with mini concrete islands, the road seems less prone to...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

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